LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Healthcare workers across the country are celebrating Juneteenth with what's called White Coats for Black Lives.
June 19th honors one of the final acts of emancipation of slaves in the U.S.
IU Health Arnett staff in Lafayette took Friday evening to commemorate the longest running African-American holiday.
Many said it was a touching moment and hopes it sparks change.
In support of all black lives, IU Health Arnett employees took a knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
It was more than just a moment of silence for that time.
That kneeling was a symbol of George Floyd's death. That amount of time was how long a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck causing him to go unconscious and later die.
"This feels different," said Mallori Walker.
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Mallori Walker leads the diversity and inclusion council at IU Health Arnett.
She said this was an emotional event enlightening everyone on institutional racism.
"Don't let me fool you," said Walker. "We have got a lot of work to do but we are making the steps to create a more diverse environment."
Walker added it's her job to rid of any of the aforementioned racism in her work place.
"Continue to educate yourself, learn about your own biases so we can be better health care providers and more importantly better people," said Walker.
People of color across the nation are yearning for change; for a better tomorrow for their family and their future.
"People are geared up ready to create the change that our world needs and I'm all in," said Walker. "I am all in."
In these demonstrations, protests and marches, Walker said the message speaks to her.
"It does something to your heart," said Walker. "It truly does something to your heart. We have been screaming this for a long time."
The White Coats for Black Lives demonstration included speeches, hugs, love and music.
"We support our black colleagues; we support black lives, we support our black community," said Walker.